The Tesla Model Y topped the new car sales charts in Europe in September, beating the Volkswagen Golf on the continent and in Germany.
The Tesla Model Y became the best-selling new car in Europe for the first time, beating the best-selling Volkswagen Golf in its own backyard in September 2022.
According to sales data from JATO DynamicsTesla delivered 29,367 Model Y electric SUVs to European customers last month, up 227 percent from last September.
The sudden surge in sales was caused by a massive influx of Tesla vehicles that were ordered months in advance, distorting the overall picture.
Year-to-date sales figures are mixed due to different methods of reporting sales across Europe and limited public information.
However, analyst data on European sales every month JATO Dynamics shows that Tesla is not yet a mainstay among the top 10 sellers as the cars arrive at peaks and troughs.
In addition to the Tesla Model Y, which topped the charts last month, the Tesla Model 3 sedan topped the European market in March 2022, and the Tesla Model Y ranked ninth in June 2022.
However, aside from these fleeting appearances, no Tesla cars were in the top 10 in other months of the year.
Year-to-date sales of the Tesla Model Y in Europe are between 85,000 and 90,000, pushing it out of the top 10 sales for all months of 2022.
The second-placed Peugeot 208 ended the month with 19,601 deliveries, while the Volkswagen Golf – Europe’s best-selling car for 14 consecutive years – delivered just over 16,000 September across the continent.
Tesla locked down the top two positions in the electric car sales charts for the third time this year, despite deliveries of its Model 3 falling 50 percent from a year ago to 12,244 deliveries in September, with the battery-powered sedan reportedly experiencing problems with transportation delayed from its factory in China to Europe.
Despite the setback, Tesla reportedly sold 17 percent more cars in Europe from July to September 2022 than it did in the same three months of 2021.
Tesla’s strong performance in Europe during September was reflected in its success in Germany, where the Model Y continued to outsell the gasoline and diesel variants of the Volkswagen Golf.
Tesla delivered 9,846 Model Ys in Germany compared to 7,095 Volkswagen Golf deliveries for the month.
According to sales data from MarkLines, that dismal result boosted Model Y sales in Germany year-to-date to more than 22,000 units, although the Volkswagen Golf still leads with more than 63,000 vehicles delivered this year in its homeland.
Between January and September, Tesla leads sales of new battery-powered cars in Germany, Reuters reporting that the American automaker has delivered nearly 38,500 electric vehicles.
During the same period, Volkswagen sold approximately 6,000 fewer electric vehicles than Tesla.
As previously reported, 4,359 Tesla Model Ys arrived in Australia last month, putting the electric SUV in third place on the new car sales charts behind the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.
An additional 1,610 Model 3s brought Tesla’s September shipments to 5,969 vehicles, capping a record month for the electric car giant in Australia, becoming the seventh best-selling brand for the month.